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June 17, 2010



Ruth McCrary Adams, 95, mother of Joe Farmer, Versailles, died Monday, June 14, 2010. Services will be conducted in North Carolina.



Constance Baker, 85, of Versailles, widow of Olin H. Baker, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010.

Born Oct. 27, 1924, in Selma, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Dennis and Ruth Whitezal Slaughter. She was an administrative assistant to the superintendent of Madison Indiana Consolidated Schools and a member of the 1st Christian Church in Madison, Ind. She was an active volunteer for Good Samaritan Hospital, Lexington, until her death. She was a pianist who loved music and flowers.

Survivors include a daughter, Carol (Ethan) Buell, Versailles; two sons, Alan (Beth) Baker, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Greg (Barbara) Baker, Evansville, Ind.; eight grandchildren, Sara Jackey, Rebecca Buell, Ethan Buell Jr., Abigail, Emily, Samuel, Nicholas, and Kirsten Baker; and three great-grandchildren. Five siblings are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, June 12, at Clark Legacy Center, Frankfort, by the Rev. Randy Nation. Interment was in Springdale Cemetery in Madison, Ind.

Donations in her memory may be made to Kids Wish Network, 4060 Louis Avenue, Holiday, FL 34691.

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Lee Ann Thacker Ellis, 46, of Versailles, formerly of Lawrenceburg, widow of James E. "Ernie" Ellis, died suddenly Sunday, June 13, 2010, at her residence.

Born Dec. 7, 1963, in Frankfort, she was the daughter of Barbara Hutton Hawkins of Lawrenceburg and Vernon Lee Thacker of Iuka, Miss. She was an employee of the Kentucky State Government Department of Vital Statistics, a member of the Sand Spring Baptist Church and Beta Sigma Phi, and enjoyed clogging.

In addition to her parents she is survived by her fiancée, Daniel Christian, Versailles; a sister, Vickie (Brian) Dyer, Burkesville; her maternal grandmother, Mary Hutton, Lawrenceburg; a stepsister, Sandy (James) Ritchey, Lawrenceburg; two stepbrothers, Brent and Darren Hawkins, both of Lawrenceburg; five nieces and nephews, Lauren and Kristen Dyer, Mary Ann and Josh Ritchey, and Dalton Hawkins; and several cousins. A son, James Brady Ellis, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, June 16, at Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home by Bro. Ellery Milburn. Burial was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jason and Ben Phillips, Shawn Hutton, Brent and Darren Hawkins, and Chris Lindsey.

Memorials are suggested to Sand Spring Baptist Church, Building Fund, 1616 Harrodsburg Road, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342.



Russell A. Grider Sr., 74, of Frankfort, husband of Charlotte Gravitt Grider, died Sunday, June 13, 2010, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Born July 25, 1935, in Mercer County, he was the son of the late William Hollis and Florence Drury Grider. He served with the Army Airborne during the Korean War, was a tool and die operator at Means and Gay Tool Company, and a member of Choateville Christian Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Peggy Sigwald, Georgia, and Dorene Ellis and Carmen Inman, both of Frankfort; a son, Russell A. "Chip" Grider Jr., Willisburg; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Helen True and Betty Hughes, both of Frankfort; and two brothers, H.C. Grider and Billy Grider, both of Frankfort.

Services were conducted Wednesday, June 16, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Mike Napier. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Lawrence Sigwald, James Inman, Teddy Ellis, Brandon Inman, Joshua Inman, Jason Hamblin, Mike Hamblin, Logan Sigwald, and Tyler Sigwald. Honorary bearers were his granddaughters.

Donations may be made to Galilean Home, 712 South Fork Church Road, Liberty, KY 42539.

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Joy Gray Hisle, 66, of Versailles, wife of J.R. Hisle, died Sunday, June 13, 2010.

Born July 21, 1943, in Hopkinsville, she was the daughter of Josephine Petsch Gray and the late James R. Gray. She attended Kentucky Wesleyan College and was a teacher in Fayette County Schools for 28 years.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Cary (Kevin) Cox, Bowling Green; a son, Jared (Emily) Hisle, Lexington; a sister, Vicky (Ron) Rowe, Hopkinsville; and two granddaughters, Cate and Emma Cox.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 18, at Clark Legacy Center in Brannon Crossing, Nicholasville. A celebration of life will follow at 7 p.m., conducted by Evan Rowe.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Mary Isabelle "Mizzy" Seaton Holt, 90, widow of Richard Holt of Versailles, died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at William Childs Hospice House in Palm Bay, Fla.

An interment service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 24, 2010, at the Versailles Cemetery.



Christopher M. Hunter, 36, of Versailles, son of Michael (Debbie) Hunter and Sheila Hunter, died Monday, June 14, 2010.

Arrangements are pending at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.



Sewell "Slim" Owens, 88, of Versailles, husband of Dorothy Owens, died Monday, June 14, 2010, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Born March 2, 1922, in Lee County, Va., he was the son of the late Henry and Elsie Atwood Owens. He was a coal hauler.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Martin, Louisville, and Sharon Smith, Florida; eight sons, David Owens, Gene Owens, Otis Owens, Jeffery Owens, Charlie Bowman, Michael Bowman, all of Versailles, Charles Bowman, McKee, and Michael Owens, Ohio; two sisters, Dorothy Green, Corinth, and Etwell Jenkins, Georgetown; two brothers, Clyde Owens, Hustonville, and Wayne Owens, Liberty; 25 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Five sons, Harry, Donald, Kenneth, Robert, and Mark Owens; and a brother, Delmar Owens, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, June 17, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Carl DeForest. Burial will follow in the Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Jeffrey Owens, Charlie Bowman, Ronald Owens, Danny Owens, Anthony Sloan, Justin Taylor, Timmy Owens, Michael Owens, and Daniel Buffin.

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Billy V. Sininger, 67, of Versailles, husband of Bonnie Sininger, died Friday, June 11, 2010, at the Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born Nov. 19, 1942, in Ohio, he was the son of the late Charlie and Marjorie Mains Sininger. He was a retired program manager for Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Administration, was formerly a firefighter for the Lexington Fire Department, and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the Midway Masonic Lodge #494.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Patrick Sininger, Nicholasville, Chris Sininger, Lexington, and Lori (Bill) Shields, Santa Barbara, Calif.; three stepchildren, Chris (Melissa) Whitley, Lexington, LeAnn (John) Phillips, Versailles, and Michael (Jackie) Whitley, Los Angeles, Calif.; and 13 grandchildren, Kyle, Frank, Nick, Charlie, and Isabella Sininger, Colin Sininger-Banales, Hadon Shields, Alexandra and Hannah Whitley, Taylor, John, and Jake Phillips, and Xander Whitley.

Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Monday, June 21, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until time for services on Monday.

Contributions may be made to the Woodford Humane Society and Habitat for Humanity.

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William David Tewmey, 56, of Milltown, Ind., husband of Mary Curts Tewmey, died Saturday, June 12, 2010, at the Clark Memorial Hospital, Jeffersonville, Ind.

Born Aug. 27, 1953, in Covington, he was the son of Clarence W. and Betty Lou Merriman Tewmey. He served in the U.S. Army for 15 years as a helicopter crew chief, a surveyor, and a recruiter.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three stepsons, Kenny (Susan) Gribbins, Mt. Eden, Kevin (Trina) Gribbins, Campbellsville, and Keith (Angie) Gribbins, Versailles; a daughter, Christina Dawn Tewmey; a stepdaughter, Marcia Ann Gribbins, Gravel Switch; a brother, Robert Tewmey, Misenheimer, N.C.; seven step-grandsons; seven step-granddaughters; and five step-great-grandsons.

Cremation was chosen. Services will be held at a later date. Brown Funeral Home, Milltown, Ind., is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Indiana or the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.



Michael R. Yeary, 58, of Frankfort, husband of Debbie Yeary, died Friday, June 11, 2010, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

A native of Woodford County, he was the son of the late James Robert and Emma Lyde Wireman Yeary. He was an aviation structural mechanic in the Navy and a veteran of Grenada. He was also a boiler operator at Buffalo Trace Distillery and a member of American Legion Post #7.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Angela Yeary Sparks, Lawrenceburg, Lori Denise Boone, Versailles, and Erica Yeary, Frankfort; two sons, James Bailey, Frankfort, and Bo Bailey, Elkton; and six grandchildren. A granddaughter, Caitlyn Yeary, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, June 15, at LeCompte-Johnson-Taylor Funeral Home, Frankfort, by Steve Moscoe and Bo Bailey. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Herschel Tharp, Leonard Riddle, Greg Worth, Danny Mason, Jimmy Murphy, David DeVore, James Bailey, and Bo Bailey.

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